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Six Vietnamese players banned for life for match-fixing

Reuters , Wednesday 15 Apr 2015
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Six Vietnamese players were banned for life by the country's football federation (VFF) on Wednesday after being found guilty of match-fixing a domestic league game in 2014.

The former Dong Nai players also received a combined fine of 130 million dong ($6,024) for rigging the V.League match last year in return for a 200 million dong bribe.

Police detained the players in July last year after suspicions were raised about Dong Nai's 5-3 defeat by Quang Ninh Coal.

Match-fixing has long plagued Vietnamese soccer, with arrests of coaches, bookmakers and players commonplace. Soccer is the most popular sport and gambling is rampant, despite being strictly illegal.

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